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Death Announced Of Former Co. Councillor Pauline Coonan


County Councillor Pauline Coonan. (R.I.P.)

It is with deepest regret we inform you that the death has been announced of former North Tipperary County Councillor and community activist Mrs Pauline Coonan, following a long battle with illness, most bravely fought.

Wife of the former Fine Gael TD Mr Noel Coonan, Mrs Coonan herself was extremely well known in political circles and was an innovative campaigner for the Fine Gael political party in North Tipperary.

Mrs Coonan succeeded to her husband’s Council Seat on North Tipperary County Council, during which time she worked diligently and determinedly on behalf of all constituents; accomplishing major achievements over a number of terms, while she representing her official office.

Privately the proprietor of a successful Fashion Accessory, Gift Shop and Jewellers Store at Main Street, Templemore; Mrs Coonan remained profoundly involved in many local and national organisations; taking an exacting interest in work undertaken on behalf of the Chernobyl Children’s Programme and was indeed most central to the achievements of her local community’s programme.

Funeral arrangements for Mrs Coonan will be announced on this site as soon as same details become publicly available.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


New Youth Projects Announced For Tipperary


Ind. TD, Michael Lowry

Independent T.D., Deputy Michael Lowry has welcomed the decision by Independent politician & Minister for Children, M/s Katherine Zappone, to implement new programmes designed to meet the needs of vulnerable young people within South Tipperary.

Deputy Lowry complimented Tipperary Education and Training Board and South Tipperary Community Youth Service for their excellent work in compiling data and information, to underpin their successful applications. He also acknowledged Coolmore for taking initiatives on this matter and for their outstanding contribution and commitment to the overall project.

Projects designated for the Fethard/Killenaule area will commence immediately with the enhancement of services at Fethard Youth Centre, Main Street, Fethard and the Old VEC Premises/Youth Centre, Killenaule. Services will be co-located between both neighbouring towns, providing a targeted response for approximately 30 – 40 young people. Same will greatly assist in addressing for such issues and needs as substance abuse; mental health difficulties and the provision of support to access further education, training and employment.

An ‘Operational Grant’ of €26,600 has now been sanctioned and will cover the period from now until December 2016. Financial provision has also been made to fund this programme for 2017.

Fethard is also under consideration for Capital Funding of €96,000 for Capital Works – which will include €70,000 for renovations to its premises and €26,000 for the provision of necessary furniture and equipment.

Killenaule will come under consideration for a capital grant of €38,700€28,000 in respect of renovations to its building, together with €10,700 also for the provision of necessary furniture and equipment.
It is now the intention of Minister Zappone to formally distribute this capital fund which has been made available to her, very shortly.

The town of Cahir will also now benefit from a new funded service. The Minister has authorised a new service for the town, situated at Cahir Youth Centre, with an operational fund of €31,242 to cover the period up to December of 2016.
A decision will be made shortly with regard to a further application for €18,000 in grant aid for a fit-out of this same Youth Centre, with regard to equipment and furniture, with financial provision again to fund this project into 2017. This same project is expected to provide a targeted response for up to 40 young people in Cahir town, focusing again on the identified needs of young people aged 10 – 24 years, through one-to-one support and development, through group activities.

“Young people identified as being at particular risk of isolation will benefit significantly from engagement with these Youth Work Services”, stated Deputy Lowry.


US Secretary John Kerry To visit to Tipperary

US Secretary of State and Democratic Party politician Mr John Kerry is expected to pay an official visit to Tipperary shortly, where he will collect the Tipperary International Peace Prize, in person.

us-secretary-of-state-john-kerrySecretary Mr Kerry was awarded the peace prize in 2015 for his work on a global basis in bringing about an end to conflicts in many countries e.g. Iran, Afghanistan and South China, but most particularly his work in Syria which led to the destruction of Syria’s declared chemical weapons.

Mr Kerry was also recognised for the establishment of the International Syria Support group; a network of over 20 countries which continue to work together to find a political solution to end the present Syrian conflict.

Mr Kerry has already informed the Tipperary Peace Convention that he is truly honoured to be listed among the remarkable past recipients who have contributed so much to the cause of creating a more peaceful world.

Former Winners of the Tipperary International Peace Prize
Former winners of the Tipperary International Peace Prize include former South African President and late Mr Nelson Mandela;  former US President Mr Bill Clinton; former Prime Minister of Lebanon, the late Mr Rafic Hariri; Afghan Human Rights Activist, Dr Sima Samar; former Prime Minister of Pakistan and late Mrs Benazir Bhutto; US Ambassador Mrs Jean Kennedy Smith and her brother the late Mr Ted Kennedy; Pakistani schoolgirl and Nobel Laureate M/s Malala Yousafzai; American Diplomat Dr Richard Haass and last year’s recipient, UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki Moon.

Noted past Irish winners have included former President Mrs Mary McAleese and her husband Mr Martin McAleese, as well as musician and ‘Live Aid’ organiser Mr Bob Geldof.

The Secretary of the Tipperary Peace Convention, Mr Martin Quinn, has stated that his committee are thrilled that Mr Kerry will accept his award in person.


Memorial Ceremony For General Richard Mulcahy, Littleton, Co. Tipp

In April of this year we (Thurles.Info), expressed the view that, as a community, we should rightfully commemorate those who took part in the 1916 Easter Rising here in Ireland.

With all of the well funded 1916 commemorative activities targeted at Dublin’s O’Connell Street and its immediate economic environment; we also expressed the view that perhaps the name General Richard James Mulcahy could easily, shall we say, ‘be sidelined’.


Pic (1) Michael Collins (Center) with Richard Mulcahy (Right); Pic (2) General Richard Mulcahy TD; Pic (3) General Mulcahy with his wife Mary (Affectionately known as ‘Min’), taken in 1922.

We were of the then opinion that a man responsible for the only successful military action taken in 1916; (that of the defeat of the RIC at Ashbourne, County Meath), could be totally forgotten in rural Ireland, amidst the advertising aimed at O’Connell Street’s national mêlée.

We were correct. Here we are, almost into the last 9 weeks of 2016; with Dublin’s jingling tourism coinage beginning to sound less musical; when suddenly, imagine my irrepressible delight on hearing the glad tidings today that on Sunday next, October 23rd, a Memorial Ceremony for that once great Tipperary patriot General Richard Mulcahy will after all take place in the ground which today marks his last resting place. That resting place of course is Ballymoreen Graveyard, Littleton, Co. Tipperary (Take the N8 Old Cork to Dublin road), with the event starting at 2.00pm.

This event I am happy to relate is the most welcome initiative of a local Littleton committee (Well done), assisted by the membership of the ‘Collins 22 Committee’. I am also given to understand that an invitation has been sent to Mr Sean Kelly (MEP) and Mr Paul Keogh (F/Gael Chief Whip) both of whom could well be in attendance.

Now if we could attract RTÉ, (Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster), then just maybe the leader of the present government (what’s his name), or the ninth and current President of Ireland could well be encouraged to show up in an effort to further enhance their rural profiles.

Still, after all one must realise that the village of Littleton is not Dublin’s O’Connell Street; here is ‘Potholed Rural Ireland’, the ‘Forgotten Place of the Unemployed’, inhabited by the ‘Forgotten Few without Broadband’. Here you will find a place where ‘Voices are not sufficiently heard’, because individual party politicians continue to bicker; ever in search of that elusive one-upmanship, while highlighting each other with constant criticism; never offering real alternative solutions.

Alas, in lonely, though truly peaceful, Ballymoreen Graveyard; without Ireland’s National Television cameras in attendance next Sunday, same will hardly gain much attraction for senior political celebrities. Yes here in Ballymoreen, Littleton, Co. Tipperary, expect to find no Glasnevin Cemetery State funding, no sunken rose gardens or memorialised manuscripts by the Irish artist Harry Clarke.

Still, I suppose in defence of our current political leadership, as the British music hall song (written by Jack Judge and co-credited to Henry James “Harry” Williams) states, “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”, even using the tax payers Ministerial car and driver.


Persons Claiming Social Welfare In Tipp August 2016

August 2016 figures, shown hereunder and supplied by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show there were 13,044 people claiming social welfare benefits of some kind in Co Tipperary last month.

Live Register figures supplied by the Central Statistics Office shown below are categorised by ‘Age Group‘, ‘Sex‘, ‘Social Welfare Office‘ and ‘Month‘ and while there were 146 fewer signing-on for August 2016, when we compare the figures to January 2016, in the case of North Tipperary, these figures show an increase in claimants over this 8 month period, of 70 persons.

As shown, the largest decreases for last month (August 2016) were in Thurles (43) and Carrick-on-Suir (40), while the only increase was in Roscrea which rose by (1).

In August of 2006, (ten years previously), there were just 5,909 persons signing on the Live Register in Co. Tipperary, compared to last month’s figure of 13,044, representing 7,135 more claimants.

Of the 1,432 jobs announced / promised by former outgoing Government Tipperary Minister Alan Kelly, (700 Nth Tipp & 692 Sth Tipp), prior to the last General Election held on February 26th, 2016; none have as yet materialised.

This in mind, CSO figures for the 12 months; August 2015 – August 2016, show a drop of 1,388 persons signing-on, which loosely could indication as to the numbers of those who migrated or emigrated from Co. Tipperary, in search of work, over this same 12 month period.